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Chia in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Salvia hispanica

 

Chia

There are many types of Salvia. They can be annual, biennial, or perennial herbs, and woody subshrubs. The leaves are sometimes toothed or pinnately divided. The flowering stems bear small bracts, and in some species the bracts are ornamental. Some Salvias have hairy leaves or stems or flowers, and these hairs sometimes give off an aroma when brushed as oil is secreted. The flowers of Salvia are usually tubular with two "lips" - the lower one larger than the upper one - and often fragrant. 'Chia' is an annual herb with spikes of purple or white flowers in clusters. Chia seeds, which are high in omega 3 fatty acids, are harvested from the Salvia hispanica plant. The seeds and oils are high in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and amino acids, and have a high nutritional value.

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plant Features
  • Chia likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Chia likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Chia is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Chia likes free draining

    Free draining

 
plant information

Common name

Chia

Latin name

Salvia hispanica

type

Herb

family

Lamiaceae

ph

5.0 - 8.0 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Chia likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Chia is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Chia likes free draining

    Free draining

  • Water

    Chia likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant
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    When the plant will bloom

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Chia is 0.90meters x 1.75meters 0.90 M 1.75 M

Salvia hispanica

There are many types of Salvia. They can be annual, biennial, or perennial herbs, and woody subshrubs. The leaves are sometimes toothed or pinnately divided. The flowering stems bear small bracts, and in some species the bracts are ornamental. Some Salvias have hairy leaves or stems or flowers, and these hairs sometimes give off an aroma when brushed as oil is secreted. The flowers of Salvia are usually tubular with two "lips" - the lower one larger than the upper one - and often fragrant. 'Chia' is an annual herb with spikes of purple or white flowers in clusters. Chia seeds, which are high in omega 3 fatty acids, are harvested from the Salvia hispanica plant. The seeds and oils are high in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and amino acids, and have a high nutritional value.


Flowering Season

From Mid Summer TO Mid Autumn

Flowers from mid summer through to the first frosts. Its flowers are purple or white and are produced in numerous clusters in a spike at the end of each stem.

 

Planting

From Mid Spring TO Early Summer

Pot grown plants can be planted out from mid-spring in ordinary, well drained soil. Plant in beds or borders in a sunny position. Pinch out the growing tips of young plants to encourage branching.

 
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